My name is Melissa but no one really calls me that, it’s either, Missy, Smudge or Millsy, so take your pick.
I’m Australian with Italian parents and have been living in New Zealand for the past 3 years. This place captured my heart and I now have two places I call home.
I’m passionate as hell about my family and life. Being Italian it comes with my genetics. I love hard and feel loads.
Along with being passionate I’m curious as hell. So curious that I tattooed the word on my arm to never forget what drives me in life. Questions are how I learn.
I’m a mother to my two beautiful children Sonny and Ivy. I was never really one of those people who really wanted kids but now I couldn’t imagine life any other way. Being a parent is equal parts hilarious, frustrating and amazing. Being able to document it all is a continuous privilege.
I fell into photography after searching for my own wedding photographer. I had always been in a creative field working in jobs like running a fashion magazine for a UK department store and working at the BBC in TV production but never thought I would have my own business based on creativity. I still pinch myself that I get to do what I do.
Photographing weddings is close to my heart. I love a wedding day, I get to step into peoples lives and get a taste of who they are and get to know their love story, which excites me to no end.
But besides weddings, photography is my go to in life. My journey with this craft is in it’s eighth year and I couldn’t be happier to do what I do. It helps me see the world and make sense of how I feel. Sometimes there are frustrations and doubts about who I am as an artist but these days I just let those things come along for the ride but they don’t have the power like they use to. I’m constantly pushing myself because I love this craft and I’m grateful for the way it challenges me.
About my work
As time has gone on I've realised there are certain types of weddings that inspire my socks off.
I'm about couples who makes no apologies for who they are and get married their way. Who work out what it is that they want and say stuff it to traditions they really couldn't care less about.
All the way appreciating that a documentary approach. Who want beautiful images that tell the story for what it is. The real stuff from ugly crying, to the excitement of walking down the isle finally married all the way to the drunk guest on the dancefloor.
And when you meet me I'll feel like an old friend, because being with people is seriously what I do best. People are my thing.
And because of this you'll trust me, which means you will get nothing but natural candid shots and none of that posed crap.